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The Roots of the Tree

Based on true events, this is the story of a woman, in her early 60s, who is forced to reassess everything she has believed to be true in her life when she makes a staggering discovery.

That discovery was that the father she had always adored, respected and looked up to wasn’t her father at all.

It was a discovery that possessed her. She had to know the truth, but with the two people who could share that with her already dead, the questions piled up until the enormity of the deception threatened to destroy her.

That woman was my mother.


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Ever since Annie’s mother died, she has been nursing her elderly father in her home, tending to his every need, and she is devastated when the inevitable happens and he too passes away. However, she is able to console herself with happy memories of a man who was always there for her and was perhaps the only man in her 63-year life who never let her down. So, when an inconsistency of wedding dates leads her to question every memory she holds dear, she is shattered by the discovery that the man she spent her whole life looking up to was never her real father.

As Annie tries to negotiate the grief, anger and betrayal that she is experiencing, it falls to her eldest daughter, Suzie, to pursue the truth and delve into the controversial family past, hidden in secret letters, dusty war records and a neglected headstone. As Annie becomes less and less able to cope, the pressure for Suzie to deliver an explanation rises and she can only hope that the truth is enough to bring her mother back from the brink.